The Chicago chapter of this international support community, on N. Wells, had the right idea: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The name, that is. But when decision makers up in Madison, Wis., tried to monkey with the handle of their Gilda's Club branch (in an attempt to lure people unfamiliar with the club's namesake, the late comedic actress Gilda Radner, it was to become the frumpy and generic Cancer Support Community Southwest Wisconsin), all hell broke loose. Today, though, after waves of negative sentiments from critics, the chapter (one of 23 worldwide) reversed course.
"It really struck a chord with folks and all of us agreed we want people to come to Gilda's and get the help that they need," Wayne Harris, chairman of the board for Gilda's Madison outpost, told the Associated Press. "If this is what it takes to make that happen, we're all as a group happy to make it happen."
Radner, an alumnus of Second City Toronto and an inaugural cast member on "Saturday Night Live," died of ovarian cancer in 1989.